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Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students

Mignon Fogarty; illustrations by Erwin Haya

St. Martin's Griffin

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ISBN10: 1250217512
ISBN13: 9781250217516

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304 Pages



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With 100,000 copies sold, this is a complete and comprehensive guide to all things grammar from Grammar Girl whose popular podcast, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, has been downloaded over eighty million times.

For beginners to more advanced students, this guide covers it all: the parts of speech, sentences, and punctuation are all explained clearly and concisely in Grammar Girl’s humorous and accessible style. Pop quizzes are scattered throughout to reinforce the explanations, as well as Grammar Girl’s trademark Quick and Dirty Tips—easy and fun memory tricks to help with those challenging rules. Complete with a writing style guide chapter, this guide is sure to become the one-stop, essential book on every student’s desk.


Praise for Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students

"Good writing skills are a must in any professional career, and there's no secret to being a good writer: Learn the tools of English, and practice. And read, of course. A lot. Students can use a hand learning the basics—and the trickier points—of language, and that's where three new books come in. Mignon Fogarty, better known as 'Grammar Girl' . . . wrote her three latest books just for students, to help them learn new words, navigate tricky meanings, and put them all together into clear, coherent English. 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know and 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again are short, handy word guides . . . The Ultimate Writing Guide for Students is a much meatier reference, going beyond vocabulary into grammar and the structure of writing. But it's not a dry, boring reference. From its bright orange theme color to its tips sprinkled throughout to its 'Grammar Schmammar' intro, this guide is both informative and user-friendly. The book starts with the basics—parts of speech—then moves on to sentences, punctuation and tips on common pitfalls. It ends with a great pep-talk chapter that offers tips and examples on how to clarify and streamline writing, getting over writer's block, and editing and proofing your work. It's all done in a light, friendly style with copious examples of what to do, and focuses much more on doing than on not-doing. The main message [is]: You can write; here are the tools."—Lisa McLendon, The News & Observer (Raleigh)

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Chapter One

Parts of Speech

IN THESE NEXT few chapters, think of me as your grammar guide, intent on demystifying grammar. I’m a practical person—I’ve given people batteries and socks as birthday presents....



Meet Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl

From 'affects' to 'effects' and from 'less' to 'fewer'... Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, sets the record straight on many common grammar gaffes. Here is the story behind her weekly 'Quick and Dirty Tips' podcast, now a popular audio book from Macmillan Audio. Visit for more.

About the author

Mignon Fogarty; illustrations by Erwin Haya

Mignon Fogarty, the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network, is also the author of the bestselling GRAMMAR GIRL'S QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS FOR BETTER WRITING and THE GRAMMAR DEVOTIONAL. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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